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“ Thus in effect the consolations of religion are denied to those who most stand in need of them. To meet this difficulty I can make no suggestion except the formation of a Diocesan Society for Building Churches and Chapels, in order to assist the operation of the Incorporated Society in our own diocese, thereby to supply the want of that aid which might have been expected from the opulent, had there been any such among the inhabitants. Such an institution it is my wish to establish, provided the proposal meets with the support of the wealthy laity of the diocese. Of the cooperation of the clergy I feel secure; but I am sensible that the moderate incomes of all, except few, pressed as they already are by the unnumbered calls of public and private charity, and seriously diminished by the reduction in the value of agricultural produce, will not enable them, unassisted, to sustain such an institution with an adequate degree of efficacy."
Thus the evil which is now so happily in course of remedy was not overlooked, even when the diocese was of comparatively limited extent; but which presented itself in much more fearful magnitude, when, at the recommendation of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, the see of Bristol was annexed to that of Gloucester by the Act of last session of parliament.
It was this foreseen union of the two dioceses which chiefly delayed the design of the “ Diocesan Church Building Association” being carried into immediate execution, whilst other causes concurred to render a temporary postponement of the good work desirable. No sooner, however, had the arrangements consequent upon the union of the two sees taken place, than the enterprising spirit of the right reverend prelate was allowed to take its free course.
On Tuesday, the 13th of December, 1836, his lordship, then resident in the newly-created portion of his diocese, convened a meeting at the Guildhall of the city of Bristol, which was most numerously and respectably attended. His Grace the Duke of Beaufort came purposely from his seat at Bodminton to aid the good cause; thus setting an example to the whole aristocracy of the county, which in many instances was well followed. The Lord Bishop of the diocese was unanimously called to the chair, and was supported by the principal gentry and clergy of the city of Bristol and its neighbourhood. His lordship opened the proceedings by a luminous statement of the whole plan and purposes of the intended association. “ The bishop's opening address," says the Bristol Journal of the 17th December last, tinguished by deep piety, a winning frankness, and a terse and conciliating mode of reasoning, which must remove the objections of all parties, if any can be fairly entertained towards the scheme; and the force of his lordship's statements is best attested by the warmth with which they were responded to by an audience comprising a large portion of the learning, piety, and wealth of the diocese."
The speakers who followed the bishop, and proposed the several resolutions were, his Grace the Duke of Beaufort, A. G. H. Battersby, Esq., Edward Sampson, Esq., Rev. Prebendary Bankes, Major-General Sir Wm. Davy, Rev. John Hensman, Ven. Thos. Thorp, archdeacon of Bristol, C. George, Esq., J. Cook, Esq., Rev. Ť. Biddulph, C. L. Walker, Esq., J. Osborne, Esq., J. S. Harford, Esq., Rev. R. Carrow, Dr. Howell, Rev. J. Eden, G. Worrall, Esq., and the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Bristol. The resolutions went to the formation of the Society, the appointing a patron, committee, secretary, and treasurer, the vesting the patronage of the new churches and chapels, in the hands of the
bishop, and to other matters connected with the general design of the institution. The Duke of Beaufort was appointed patron, J. S. Harford, Esq. of Blaize Castle, treasurer, and Mr. W. L. Clarke, secretary of the association within the archdeaconry of Bristol. The committee to consist of all laymen subscribing 501. and all clergymen subscribing 25l. It was also resolved, that, if desired, subscriptions to the amount of 1001. might be paid in four years' instalments.
A most interesting discussion took place as to the mode in which the patronage of the new churches and chapels should be administered, the bishop proposing to consign it to the management of trustees; but it was eventually and unanimously determined that it should be left entirely with the diocesan, according to the proposed metropolitan plan. Although the plan of the association had not been made known but a few weeks, subscriptions to a large amount had been received; amongst which were the Lord Bishop of Gloucester and Bristol 5001.; Rev. Sir George Prevost, Bart. 4001.; the Duke of Beaufort, P. J. Miles, Esq. M.P., T. Daniel, Esq., a Gloucestershire Clergyman by the Lord Bishop, the Dean and Chapter of Bristol, the Dean and Chapter of Gloucester, Sir R. R. Vyvyan, M. P., J. S. Harford, Esq. 2001. each ; Earl Bathurst, Lord Redesdale, Sir C. B. Codrington, C. L. Walker, Esq., H. Bush, Esq., E. Sampson, Esq., T. Jones, of South Cerney, Esq., T. Jones, of Stapleton, Esq., W. Miles, Esq. M.P., Rev. Dr. Warneford, G. Helhouse, Esq., J. Stockwell, of Cheltenham, Esq., Rev. Richard Webster Huntley, C. George, Esq., Mrs. Haythorne, the Mayor of Bristol, J. Hurle, Esq.,
A. G. H. Battersby, Esq., T. G. B. Estcourt, Esq. M.P., Rev. James Sevier, J. Cooke, Esq., Ven. Archdeacon Thorp, G. Worrall, Esq. 1001. each; the Dowager Lady Haslopp, the Rev. Walker Gray, G. Daubeny, Esq., the Rev. W. Spencer Phillips, Mrs. M. Daubeny, J. Osborne, Esq., R. B. Ward, Esq., Rev. J. Eden, Mrs. Éden, W. Miles, Esq., Miss Miles, Anthony Rosenhagen, Esq., Dr. Maddy, Sir Wm. Davy, Dr. Howell, W. Blathwayte, Esq., John Winwood, Esq. 501. cach, besides many contributions of lesser amount.
On Wednesday, the 4th of January, of the present year, a similar meeting was convened and held at Gloucester, where the same resolutions were proposed and unanimously carried. The principal speakers on this occasion were the Lord Bishop, his Grace the Duke of Beaufort (who again gave his personal attendance), R. B. Hale, Esq. M.P., Rev. Sir George Prevost, Bart., Rev. W. Spencer Phillips, J. Baker, Esq., Rev. W. T. Powell, R. B. Cooper, Esq. &c. &c.
The main feature of the association since the above period has been the formation of local committees—a system which has been attended with the happiest results. The great and opulent town of Cheltenham has highly distinguished itself in the furtherance of the good work, the committee for the deanery of Winchcomb sitting there, and carrying on very successful operations towards the promotion of the several objects of the association. We are happy, in concluding this short notice, to have it in our power to state that the subscription now amounts to upwards of 12,0001., of which, to the honour of that body be it said, more than 40001. were subscribed by the clergy. We will report its progress in our next Number.
CHELTENHAM ASSOCIATION IN AID OF THE FOREIGN TRANSLA
TION COMMITTEE OF THE CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY.
The annual meeting of this valuable branch of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge was held at Cheltenham on December 1, 1836. R. Bransby Cooper, Esq. in the chair.
The report was read by the Rev. Č. Hebert, the secretary, from which it appeared that the state of the local funds was sufficiently satisfactory, and no doubt could be entertained that when its objects were more fully known, subscriptions and donations would progressively increase. The whole receipts of the institution connected with this particular part of the society's operations, is stated in the Cheltenham report to be 4321. 38. 6d. which, if meant to include contributions in the metropolis, as well as the provinces, appears to us lamentably small, when the great importance of the object is taken into consideration. The consolation, therefore, of the concluding passage in this report was much needed : “ It gives us pleasure to state, that in the second quarter of this year a legacy was received from a gentleman in Lancashire of 6001. three per cent. stock, and also another legacy of 301. from a clergyman.” It appears that the Cheltenham annual subscriptions at present amount to 281. 18s. 6d; and the donations last year amounted to 61. 4s. Od.-a very creditable proportion of contribution, if the above-mentioned sum-total be correct. We wish the institution all possible success.
NATIONAL GRANTS TO DISSENTERS AND ROMAN CATHOLICS.
11 George IV., and 1 William IV., c. 63 (passed July 23, 1830.) 5,7121. 7s. 10d. for dissenting ministers and French Protestant refugee clergy and laity ; 6,6961. for Maynooth ; 11,1451. 4s. 6d, for dissenting ministers.
1 William IV., c. 5 (passed Dec. 30, 1830.)-2,2321. for a seminary at Maynooth; 3,715l. 1s. 6d. for dissenting ministers.
1 and 2 William IV., c. 54 (passed Oct. 20, 1831.)-5,6121. for dissenting ministers and French, &c. (as above); 8,9281. for Maynooth; 21,7911. 15s. for dissenting ministers.
2 and 3 William IV., c. 126 (passed August 16, 1832.)-5,1501. for dissenting ministers and French, &c. (as above); 11,160l. for Maynooth ; 30,2801. for dissenting ministers.
3 and 4 William IV., c. 96 (passed August 29, 1833.)-4,9901. for dissenting ministers and French, &c. (as above); 8,9281. for Maynooth (then and for future called the Roman Catholic College); 24,2241, for the dissenting ministers ; 25,0001. for education in Ireland.
4 and 5 William IV., c. 84 (passed August 15, 1834.)-4,9901. for dissenting ministers and French, &c. (as above); 8,9781. for Maynooth ; 25,1001. for the ministers ; 35,000l, for education in Ireland.
5 and 6 William IV., c. 80 (passed 10th Sept. 1835.)—4,8001. for dissenting ministers and French, &c. (as above); 8,9281. for Maynooth ; 25,4001. for dissenting ministers ; 35,0001. for education in Ireland.
6 and 7 William IV., c. 98 (passed 20th August, 1836.)—4,6001. for dissenting ministers, French, &c. ; 8,9281. for Maynooth ; 25,5791. for dissenting ministers ; 38,5001. for education in Ireland—making in the whole, since the month of July, 1830, (not seven years,) for dissenting ministers and French Protestant refugee clergy and laity, 35,8541. 78.
For Maynooth, 64,7781.
And for the education in Ireland, since 1833 to 1836, inclusive, (four years,) 133,500l.
FACTS ABOUT IRELAND.
I. Increased Demand for Church Room.—By return lately made by ecclesiastical commissioners for Ireland, it appears 1st, that there are sixty places in which public worship is celebrated in unconsecrated buildings for want of churches : 2dly, that there are 120 churches known to the commissioners as standing in urgent need of enlargement. II. Since the Union in 1801, no less than 700 new churches have been built in Ireland. III. Increase of Protestantism.—In the year 1792, the number of Protestants in Ireland was (according to Wakefield) 522,023; of Roman Catholics, 3,211,097. In 1835 the numbers are returned, Roman Catholics 6,427,712 ; Protestants, 1,516,228, the latter being known to be considerably below the truth. Thus, while the Romanists have doubled since 1792, the Protestants have become, at least, three times as numerous. IV. The following nine priests have lately renounced the errors of the Romish church. 1. Mr. Nolan ; 2. Mr. Croly ; 3 and 4. Michael and William Crotty; 5. Mr. Delany ; 6. Mr. Godkin, of Armagh ; 7. Mr. Burke, of Westport ; 8. Mr. Tankard; 9. Mr. Malvanny.-Cambridge Chronicle.
CHARITABLE INSTITUTIONS IN LONDON.
Within the London bills of mortality there are 502 places of public worship ; 4,050 seminaries of education, including 237 parish charity schools ; eight societies for the express purpose of promoting the learned, the useful, and polite arts ; 122 asylums and almshouses for the helpless and indigent, including the Philanthropic Society; thirty hospitals and dispensaries for sick and lame, and for delivering poor pregnant women; 704 friendly or benefit societies, and institutions for charitable and humane purposes ; which several institutions are supported at the almost incredible sum of 750,0001. per annum.
A QUARTERLY LIST
NEW THEOLOGICAL PUBLICATIONS.
AISLABIE's (W. J.) Gospel of St. John, 12mo. 128. 6d.
Bennett's (W. J. E.) Lectures on the Eucharist, 8vo.
Chandler's Hymns, foolscap, 4s. 6d.